Black Zulu

Black Zulu

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Brand:  The Essential Fly


Black Zulu - Wet & Nymphs

Black Zulu

The Zulu is a very old pattern. It is used on still waters and for sea trout. In larger versions the Black Zulu is used as a dapping fly.

The Black Zulu can be used as a Dapping Fly. In Ireland, it is common to see the locals using a dapping technique on the loughs. They usually use a long rod, often as long as 17ft, a large fly reel (or alternatively a beautifully smooth-running Centrepin reel) containing strong nylon spinning line attached to about 5 yards of 'floss line'. The floss line is joined to a level leader of about 4 feet, with a hook about size 10 on to which a couple of mayflies or a Black Zulu have been caught at the thorax. The floss line billows out in front of the boat, and the rod is held so that the mayfly or Black Zulu skip enticingly across the surface of the water, as the breeze fluctuates. This seems to be an irresistible attraction to the trout, the odd salmon has been known to be can be caught with this method.

With this method live mayfly are used to dap on the surface!. Howewer we use mayfly and later in the season cranefly imitations. Alterbative in place of the natural fly, sometimes a very bushy tied fly is substituted - often of two contrasting colours (bi-visible) to assist the angler in identifying the position of the fly. The Black Zulu is great fun when used for dapping

Trout Wet Fly - Black Zulu

wet flies like Black Zulu are are range of flies that imitate larva, pupa, drowned adults and Lures

The trout finds most of its food beneath the surface of the water, sometimes by grubbing around the weed-beds, at other times by rising in water to take nymphs and pupae on their way to the surface

The wet flies which include Black Zulu fall into various categories: larval and pupal forms of various aquatic insects; drowned adults or even swamped stillborn flies; and drowned terrestrials such as beetles. Many do not represent anything in nature, but are classed as attractor flies or lures, designed to tempt the fish to take out of curiosity. A number of the silver-bodied flies can emulate small fry or minnows. Most of the dry flies have a wet-fly equivalents. The use of heavier hooks, softer hen hackles instead of cock, and in the case of winged flies a backward-sloping wing, changes the dry fly into a wet one which sinks below the sufrace of the water. Cock hackles are used for these patterns but they are taken from the very young bird where the individual fibres are very soft.

There are two main areas of wet-fly fishing. Firstly, there are the wild rain-fed rivers and streams where it is difficult to see a fish rise let alone see a minute dry fly on the surface. On such waters, wet flies are used almost exclusively upstream and down, as necessity or terrain dictates. The second main area of wet-fly fishing is on atill waters like lakes, lochs and reservoirs, where the angler uses a team of wet flies just below the surface.

On wild streams while searching for the natural Brownie, soft-hackled wet flies like the Partridge and Orange, the Snipe and Purple, the Black Spider, a wet Coch-y-Bonddu, and many others are used.

'When do you fish a wet fly, and when a dry?'

Always fish a dry-fly pattern when you see a trout rising during a hatch of natural insects. However, when the trout refuses to rise to a dry fly, fishing just below the surface with a wet fly can often work. When no activity is obvious, it is a case for the wet fly, pure and simple.

The soft, game-bird hackles of many wet flies have the necessary mobility in the water. They pulsate and 'kick' in the current, attracting the fish by their very movement. They look alive and edible; the two key properties for a successful fly.

Wet Fly Black Zulu fishing techniques

a technique that has stood the test of time, where the fly (e.g. the Black Zulu) is fished sub-surface and is retrieved slowly using a 'Figure-of-Eight' manipulation of the line in the hand. A floating or intermediate line can be used to retrieve the Black Zulu

Black Zulu - Fly Tying Dressing

For the more adventurous among you we have provided tying specifications for the Black Zulu. Remember at The Essential Fly we sell the Black Zulu at incredible prices with a top quality fly and service to back it up. It is certainly worth tying the Black Zulu yourself to understand the pleasure of catching a fish with your own tied fly, however at the price we sell flies it is only worth tying one or two Black Zulu as your can spend more time fishing instead of tying flies - buy volume online with us.

Hook Sizes

8 to 14

Silk Thread



Red Wool


Black silk


Silver oval


Palmered black cock


Black Zulu was last modified on 06/04/2021 12:06


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Caught me a brownie!
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Caught me my first wild brownie & at 3 1/2 lbs I was pretty chuffed! Need I say more?

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